Since April is National Poetry Month, I decided that this post would focus solely on poetry-related links. But, because this month also saw the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare’s death (and the 452nd anniversary of his birth, although no one knows exactly when it was), I threw in some Shakespeare links too.
- From Ciera Horton, here’s a piece about the Jamaican poet Kwame Dawes and his thoughts on originality in art.
- If you’ve ever wondered why Shakespeare so often uses rhymed couplets in his plays for no discernible reason, this article helps make that reason a little more discernible. (HT: Hamlette)
- Way back in March, Cathy from 746 Books published this post about the centuries-old pilgrimage site that inspired Seamus Heaney’s poem “Station Island.” Interesting for history buffs and poetry fans.
- For those who especially enjoy Hamlet and/or morbid theatre trivia, here’s a brief history of the use of human skulls in productions of Hamlet.
- I especially enjoyed this essay on W. H. Auden, who, besides being a brilliant writer, was also a secret philanthropist.
- I love interviews with authors and poets, but an interview with a sonnet (by A. E. Stallings) is new for me.
- From Christopher Adamson at The Golden Echo, here’s a list of the greatest poetics failures of all time (and part 2 of the same list).
- And in a perfect marriage of this list’s two themes, we have a set of Shakespearean sonnets “covered,” so to speak, by modern day poets.